Each blood donation can save up to three lives. For a blood donor, that on its own is satisfying and rewarding to know. But there is also a secret health benefit for donors that researchers recently uncovered: donating blood appears to reduce levels of certain chemicals that are "stuck" in the bloodstream.
These chemicals, known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are referred to as "forever chemicals" because they don't degrade easily.
The man-made chemicals are found in industry and consumer products and make their way into the soil, air, water, and even fish – and humans are not excluded from the list.